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2014 Draft: Betting on Michael Sam


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Overview

Also lettered in track and powerlifting as a Texas prep. Redshirted in 2009. Played all 13 games in '10 (one start) and tallied 24 tackles, seven for loss and 3.5 for sacks with an interception and a forced fumble. Played all 13 games in '11 (one start) and collected 29-3-1-1.5 with an interception. Started 9 of 12 games in '12 and was credited with 22-7-4.5 with two forced fumbles. Did not start against Central Florida, Vanderbilt and Alabama. Was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year (AP) in '13 when he started all 14 games and registered 48-19-11.5 with two batted passes and two forced fumbles. Would be the first openly gay active player in NFL history -- came out to his teammates in August, then announced his sexuality publicly prior to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Good arm length. Anticipates the snap and has a very good initial first step. Plays hard -- gives great effort and competes every down. Good on-field intensity and demeanor. Attacks the edges aggressively and motor runs hot. Outstanding weight-room strength -- can squat a small house. Very durable.

Weaknesses

Lacks burst and acceleration off the edge to get a step on blockers and finish. Sack production results from effort and production flushed to him and is not creatively produced with savvy pass-rush moves, speed, power or bend. Average hip flexibility and snap -- struggles clearing his hips at the top of his rush and trimming the corner. Adequate anchor vs. the run. Is late to disengage from blocks. Does not strike with authority. Inconsistent tackler. Late bloomer who could require time to adapt to the pro game. Poor combine showing -- bench-pressed 225 pounds just 17 times, recorded a 7.8-second 3-cone drill and posted an abysmal 25 1/2-inch vertical jump.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/michael-sam?id=2543734

I don't know much about Michael Sam, if anyone has any analysis please leave them in the comments below and to make it fun I created a poll.

NFL.com:

Round 7-Priority free agent

ESPN Mel Kiper Jr:

Michael Sam is going to be drafted for his football ability, and because some team believes Sam's usefulness as a pass-rusher can help it win. How useful he can be is a question, because the sample size of really good play from him is small, and there are questions about his versatility. But he has the potential to help a team, and I've had him as a likely early third-day pick for a while. I still think that's a likely landing spot.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2014/story/_/id/10432960/2014-nfl-draft-assessing-michael-sam-draft-stock

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